In the latest Fashion Files, Laura Stead-Churchill discusses Rachel Ford and Sharona Harris’s new partnership.

Ford + Harris

Long-time friends turned business partners Rachel Ford and Sharona Harris have joined forces to launch jewellery label Ford + Harris for winter 2014 with a firm focus on stackable, covetable, wearable pieces of art.

While Harris brings years of experience in luxury brand marketing to the table, Ford hails from a family of high fashion jewellers and recently explored her own passion for the craft.

“My aunt was an accomplished jeweller in the 1970s. She did an internship with George Jensen and now has pieces in the National Gallery of Australia,” says Ford, who took inspiration from aloe vera plants to craft the ‘Spike Jonze’ collection of succulent-derived earrings and cuffs.

“I am also continually inspired by my Parisian mother, a hobby jeweller, who never ceases to create effortlessly innovative designs with a strong emphasis on simplicity.”

The collection also features rings inspired by armour and named after Rolling Stones’ band members, designed to be stacked and coordinated for nonchalant style. Visit www.fordandharris.com.au

Molten store

Molten Store’s Jessy Cameron has outdone herself with the new Molten Relic collection. Featuring an artful array of natural timbers, perspex, brass and abalone shell, the limited edition clutches (from $249) are truly desirable. Visit www.moltenstore.com

Alex Perry at Threadbare

Brisbane online retailer Threadbare has winter racing carnival style stitched up with an edited selection of Alex Perry, Ellery and Dion Lee.

Metallics are a strong trend for the season, interpreted in luxurious textures that add even more richness to the colour.

Lace is always bang on for winter racing and Alex Perry has managed to make his pieces span boldness femininity to perfection.

Paspaley

At $3260 for the stunning Australian South Sea pearl, yellow gold and white diamond necklace pictured, Paspaley’s precision pieces certainly fall into the investment category.

The latest Lavalier collection, inspired by traditional French design, speaks to the timelessness of the kind that lends itself to heirloom status – a homegrown treasure to be adored for generations. Visit www.paspaley.com

Dear Laura

Q: How do I know what jewellery suits me best?

A: The cardinal rule for accessories is to choose things that make you happy and excited to put them on in the morning. Particularly if you haven’t worn a lot of jewellery before, be guided by what you love and if you love it, you’ll feel great in it, and that will show.

As to whether to choose gold or silver, silver tends to suit cool skin tones with a pinkish undertone, while gold works best on olive and warm tones. I love to mix metals in gold, silver and gunmetal too, so again, be guided by what you feel great in first and foremost.

Q: Is it appropriate to wear sparkles to a daytime function?

A: Absolutely, a crystal necklace, eyecatching cocktail ring or sequin jacket can look great for a dressy day look. Shoes are an exception though I think – satin and diamante are best kept for night.

Write to Laura at fashion@bmag.com.au